Prince's Trust & City Council's Financial Support for Young People


The Prince’s Trust in partnership with Belfast City Council are offering unemployed young people who live within the Belfast City Council area the opportunity to seek funding to help them access education, work or training opportunities, through our Development Awards programme.

What are Development Awards?

Development Awards are cash awards of between £50 - £500 to help young people who are struggling to access education, work or training due to a lack of funds. Please note that the average award is £180 and it is not possible to support every young person with a £500 grant.

Development Awards can be used to help with:

• Course Fees
• Work wear for a course, job or work placement (e.g. interview clothing, uniforms for college placements, mechanics clothing)
• Equipment for a course, job or work placement (e.g. hairdressing equipment, joinery tools)
• Travel costs for education, training or employment
• Costs associated with structured volunteering or work placement opportunities.
• Childcare costs for short-term education or training.
• Self-development opportunities with evidence of how they will improve employability or life skills.


In order to be eligible for a development award, young people should be aged 14 – 16 and at risk of underachieving at school, or aged 16 – 25 and unemployed, or working less than 16 hours. If young people are in education, this should be less than 16 hours per week. Discretion is allowed for young people in the first 3 months of a course or training programme.

Please note that we cannot fund everyday living costs, courses at Level 4 or above, or any costs that are the responsibility of a statutory provider.

If you feel that any of the young people you work with from the Belfast City Council area could benefit from a development award or if you would like some further information about how development awards could support young people within your organisation please contact Marion Kerr on 028 90895031 or email